City Finance Director Colleen Harris presented City Council with a report showing that the pool has shown a profit of over $4000 as of the end of August. She credited the warm weather and the sincere efforts by staff members to reduce expenses.

She also added that all of the bills for the pool have not arrived yet, and could not give any estimate of the amount that will yet have to be paid.

Resident Ron Cobb, who spoke out strongly earlier this year against keeping the pool open, commended Mayor Mike Lowrey and the pool staff for making the pool successful.

Harris commented that the figures for the pool haven’t looked this good at this time of year in quite some time.

She also said that tax collections are also running well ahead of this time last year. For that, she credited the police levy and more diligence to collections by the city’s staff.

“A lot of kids worked their hearts out to make it work,” said Mayor Lowrey, a strong proponent of the pool. “I’m very pleased that their hard work has paid off.”

Fire Chief Steve Trusty told council that Elizabeth Township has purchased a Lucas Tool for use by their Fire Department, which is operated by the New Carlisle Fire Department.

“The Lucas Tool can deliver perfect CPR for a longer period than a medic can,” said Trusty. He said the average person can only perform CPR for 4-6 minutes before they tire and the CPR becomes less effective.

Trusty said Elizabeth’s Lucas Tool was only in service for less than 48 hours before it was put in use on a patient in full arrest in Elizabeth Township.

“We have been actively seeking funds to by one for the New Carlisle department,” said Trusty. He said that they have planned fundraisers to purchase the equipment. The price is in excess of $13,000.

“We will have a hot dog booth at the Heritage of Flight festival this year to raise money for the Lucas Tool,” he said.

Trusty also reported that Medic 52A, the city’s backup squad, made five runs in August. “It hasn’t been used that much in the past,” he said.

The Chief said that the credit goes to several new medics who live in the city and can respond to calls faster. “This saved us from calling Bethel Clark or Pike for mutual aid, and gets medical service to the patient quicker.”

Cobb also questioned council on a report that nearly $300,000 in franchise fees paid by refuse haulers is missing. He cited a newspaper report to that effect.

“Nobody has talked to me about franchise fees,” said Harris. “Waste Management sends us a check for the franchise fees and I deposit the check into the general fund. I don’t know how anyone could say that it is missing.”

Another council member told us that the story came from a satire website and that there is no truth to the report.

“That fee was originally supposed to go into the street repair fund,” said Randy Bridge at an early August City Council meeting. Council Member Rick Lowrey said that the franchise fee was originally to help offset the wear and tear to the city’s streets from trash trucks.

“We have done some research and found that the franchise fee has not been put into the street repair fund,” said Bridge. He could not give a reason why because that was done before he became City Manager, but he said that in the future, the funds would go to the proper fund.

The next regular meeting of the New Carlisle City Council is scheduled for Monday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Smith Park Shelter House. The public is invited to attend.

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